Giving Courage – Chief Michael Smith

Giving Courage – A Conversation with Chief Michael Smith

– Earlier in 2016, twelve chiefs representing every type of department shared the grim realities of coping with a line-of-duty death in the documentary Giving Courage: LODD Chiefs Speak. In 2017, the Foundation will feature additional footage to help other fire chiefs and leaders to prevent future tragedies. READ


FDSOA and Firehouse to Partner on Series of ISO Academies

– Improving firefighter safety was the driving force that brought the FDSOA and Firehouse together to work to increase the number of trained, certified fire department incident safety officers. READ


Fire Dynamics Boot Camp

– The course is designed to empower and prepare fire service leaders and instructors to incorporate the most current research findings about fire behavior and firefighting tactics into their training programs. READ


Nominations Open for 2017 Safety, Health, & Survival Section Awards

– Do you know a fire chief or safety officer that sets the example? A person or an entire organization that is focused on personal safety and improving the overall health of our profession? Then now’s your chance to promote their efforts. READ


Newport News Safety Officer Promotes Mental Health Awareness, Awarded Virginia Firefighter of the Year

– Newport News Fire Department Safety Officer Lt. Sidney Lucus was named Virginia's Firefighter of the Year for a new mental health peer support program he organized and help launch for the city inside station #1 downtown. READ


Everyone Goes Home® Advocate Update

– In November 2016, the management team from the Everyone Goes Home® Advocate program hosted a strategic planning meeting with the Regional Advocates. The purpose of the meeting was to review the Advocate activities and develop a strategic plan specific for the Advocate program and it’s activities.  READ


The Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award to Be Presented to the International Fire Service Training Association

– The award will be presented at the 29th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on April 6, 2017, in Washington, DC.  READ


Chief James Strain

Giving Courage – A Conversation with Chief James Strain

– Earlier in 2016, twelve chiefs representing every type of department shared the grim realities of coping with a line-of-duty death in the documentary Giving Courage: LODD Chiefs Speak. In 2017, the Foundation will feature additional footage to help other fire chiefs and leaders to prevent future tragedies. READ


Reps. Pascrell, Collins Unveil Legislation to Establish a National Firefighter Cancer Registry

– The bill would create a national cancer registry for firefighters diagnosed with this deadly disease. The creation of this registry would enable researchers to study the relationship between firefighters' exposure to harmful fumes and toxins and the increased risk for several major cancers. In the future, this information could also allow for better protective equipment and prevention techniques to be developed. READ


Prevent firefighter suicides

ACT Now to prevent firefighter suicides

– The risk of firefighter suicide is a growing concern within the fire service. More research has become a priority to better understand the issue and assist in developing interventions. A recent study of 893 firefighters by Florida State University and published in the latest issue of the Journal of Psychiatric Research shows a strong relationship between post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) and suicidal thoughts and attempts among firefighters.  READ